Harvardwood Presents: Breaking Down Story: White Lotus, The Bear, and I Hate Suzie

March 14, 2023 at 5:00pm - 8pm

5 pm - 8 pm PT/8 pm - 11 pm ET (Virtual)

Modern Story Design

It doesn't matter how great your dialogue or characters are, if you can't fully succeed at the Modern Story Design required by the current marketplace, your scripts will get a hard pass.

There are 7 main story design objectives that must be fully achieved to have any chance of selling your scripts or pitches:

  • Fully Heightened Premise
  • Proof of Concept
  • Early Launch
  • Dual Purpose End
  • Immersive World
  • Key Narrative Blocks
  • Deep Meaning Hook

I’m excited to offer a Modern Story Design Webinar to the Harvardwood community offering a deep dive into the pilot episodes of three recent smash hit TV shows. Come learn how the best writers pulled off the required story objectives in their pilot episodes of White LotusThe Bear, and I Hate Suzieso you'll have a better chance of doing likewise in your scripts.

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Travolta, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. He teaches workshops in LA, and across the world.His students have sold scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, HBO, Netflix, FX, Amazon, Disney, Universal, MGM, Peacock, Showtime, NBC, ABC, MTV, Sony, Nickelodeon, A24, Hulu and Apple TV.

Others have gotten staffed on such shows as Stranger Things, Ted LassoWandavision, Mr. Robot, Station Eleven, This is Us, Bojack-Horseman, The Leftovers, Yellowstone, Marvel’s Agents of Shield, Orange is the New Black, Selena, The Walking Dead, You’re the Worst, Community, Schitt’s Creek, Catastrophe and Succession.

"Corey replaces the rules with tools!! His classes were revolutionary to us.

Not only is his coaching style beautiful and inspiring, but the content will blow your mind and elevate your writing like nothing else out there!"

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Writers of the Best Adapted Screenplay Award-Winning,

All Quiet on The Western Front


"Corey’s idea of creative integration isn’t just revolutionary, it's fundamental

to successful writing — and has never been taught before. 

I can’t recommend his classes highly enough."

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Former Studio and Network President,

and Academy Award Winning Producer


“No one–not even the best MFA programs–are teaching what Corey is.

The skills I learned from him are one of the most important reasons

I launched my career.“

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Staff Writer on HBO’s The Leftovers,

and Writer/Producer of the FX show, Freshwater 

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